Florida education news: GI Bill, English language learners, school prayer and more
FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE: Hillsborough elementary students build marble roller coasters and more in their Science Olympics. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
GRANTED: Seventy Pinellas teacher win grants to help them pursue new, nontraditional methods in their classrooms.
GRADUATE: US Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki tells veterans attending USF on the GI Bill to be sure to finish their studies.
BE THERE: Superintendents of several north Florida school districts urge parents to take a more involved role in their children's academic lives, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SHE'S BACK: The St. Lucie teacher who let her class of kindergartners vote a classmate "off the island" soon could be back in front of students, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TINKERING: Volusia officials keep working on proposed new attendance zones amid continued parent complaints, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SUPER SUB: Broward superintendent Jim Notter takes over a fifth-grade class for a day when the regular teacher is out, the Miami Herald reports.
LEARNING ENGLISH: The numbers of English language learners in Florida schools are growing, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NO PRAYER: A federal judge rejects an effort by some Christian educators to overturn a ruling against prayer in Santa Rosa public schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Hillsborough schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia.